During his first-post election news availability President Barack Obama — among comments dedicated to successor Donald Trump (including calling him “pragmatic” rather than “ideological,” and saying the reality of having the president’s job will be different from campaigning) — paid tribute to longtime journalist Gwen Ifill.
“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting even when I was at the receiving end of one her tough and thorough interviews; she informed today’s citizens and inspired tomorrow’s journalists, said Obama, describing the newswoman, most recently “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor, who died at 61 on Monday of complications of cancer.
In her own words, she sought to always “tell the stories that shed light and spur action,” PBS reported.
A trailblazer and pioneer, she was among the first African American women to preside over a major national political TV show.
In her long career, she covered eight presidential campaigns, moderated two vice-presidential debates and served for 17 years on “NewsHour” and “Washington Week.” She covered politics for the New York Times, Washington Post and the Baltimore Evening Sun. She also wrote the book “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”
Her co-anchor Judy Woodruff told The Washington Post: “She didn’t mind telling anyone when she thought they were wrong, on camera. She kept it respectful. She was one of the most graceful interrupters I have ever seen.”
Fans remembering her fondly on social media included Robin Roberts, Katie Couric, Tamron Hall, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wolf Blitzer, and, yes, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
NEXT GEN WINS HONORS
Nicole Rivera, 18, of San Francisco, is in Washington, D.C. today, accepting an award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Rivera is part of the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Next Gen Program, which is getting a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (the ceremony is being streamed at 11:15 a.m. today at www.whitehouse.gov/live). BAVC provides teens from at-risk backgrounds “media literacy and tech tools they need to be the creators of their own stories.”
BAVC’s Megan Lavelle and Carol Varney say that 150 students graduated successfully last year, either entering a four-year university or getting a paid job.
S.F. 49er 49er Arik Armstead is 23. .. S.F. Giant Trevor Brown is 25. … Actress Shailene Woodley is 25. … Model Lily Aldridge is 31. … Bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 59. … Designer Jimmy Choo is 64. … Politician Ellen Tauscher is 65. … Singer Petula Clark is 84. … Actor Ed Asner is 87. … “People’s Court” judge Joseph Wapner is 97.
— Staff, wire reports